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PARTIES FEATURE NEW TRENDS BY JOSIE GULLIKSEN
In the Hispanic culture, the coming-of-age for a female is often celebrated at 15 years old and the Quinces, or Quinceañera party, can be as elaborate as a wedding. Much like for a bride, the dress is the teen’s most important aspect of the party. But, the food, photography and choreography are important, too. For this feature, we asked several experts (an event planner/caterer, a travel agent and a choreographer and photographer) with extensive Quinceañeras experience about the latest trends.
Food and event planning Grisel Garcia, President and Chief Creative Officer of A Matter of Taste Catering & Event Planning (amatteroftaste.biz), said most customers prefer a light menu for teens — such as a pasta station, sliders and chicken — but a more elaborate one for the adults. «We have catered Quinces parties where it was a three-course menu with lobster bisque, salad, filet mignon with salmon, complimentary vegetable medley and rosemary garlic potatoes,» Garcia said.
Photo courtesy of Angel Diaz
Beef or fish dishes are pricier than chicken and carving stations «because they require more than one chef on-site,» she said. Three courses with beef are approximately $40 per person, while a simple twocourse menu is $25 per person. «Dessert or candy stations are very popular and feature colorful, fun chocolates and candy beautifully displayed,» Garcia said. «Dessert shooters [desserts in a shot glass] and donut displays on a self-standing wood piece with pegs to hang donuts on are also a trend.» Trends also include photo booths with props for a take-home memento, and «Food Action Stations» where guests are given ingredients and garnishes for a do-it-yourself experience. And the popular «Hora Loca» with upbeat music, which can include
Photo courtesy of Angel Diaz
Brazilian shows, stilt walkers, fun props for guests and famous singers. She has worked with such themes as Cinderella, Great Gatsby, ’80s and ’90s, Chanel No. 5 and
including aqua, purple, green, red and even black.
Phantom of the Opera. Then there was that animal-
«This trend started a few years back and depends on
loving client who chose to dance with a snake wrapped
the theme chosen,» Diaz said.
around her body.
He adds that stilt walkers during the «Hora Loca» also have the Royal Court of France, which is «very popular with an 1800s theme, and there was a
With more than 30 years in the business, Angel Diaz,
December theme where the Goddess of Winter lady in
of Angel’s Choreography and editor of Anmar Party
stilts greeted guests.»
Magazine, puts on shows and directs rehearsals with professional dancers. «Rehearsals vary depending on the group of
Diaz’s parties can range from $15,000 for approximately 100 guests to $475,000 for a client who spared no expense. His parties are highlighted in his
youngsters and their dancing abilities,» Diaz said. The
magazine, on Vimeo and YouTube. (Watch the party for
number of couples ranges from as few as four to as
that client on Diaz’s Quince TV.)
many as 18.
Although white and off-white are popular colors for her dress, Diaz said the trend now are bold hues,
And future trends? «A previous client in Cape Coral
Most teens pick a song with help from their moms
wants me to do his daughter’s Quinces with pictures
or Diaz’s extensive list. Dances range from bachata or
and video clips filmed in Cuba so a destination video
salsa to 1950s theme.
and photography could be a new trend,» Diaz said.
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Big things often have small beginnings.
itinerary, cabin selection and total number of sailing days. Whether simple or elaborate, Gonzalez and her team take a client’s requests into consideration prior to sailing and keep in mind it’s a collaborative event. A simpler and edgier approach is what she is experiencing in terms of themes, from a masquerade ball or princess gala, with events taking place throughout the ship. «It is truly based on the ship’s availability at the time I begin planning for the events,» she said. As for future trends, she’s seeing a shift away from the Caribbean to cruises to Europe, the Mediterranean and Alaska.
Photos Alberto Muñoz, who works with his father at Enrique Muñoz Studio (enriquemunozstudio.com), is an expert on photoshoot location trends. Although iconic spots like the Biltmore and Vizcaya are still used, trends point elsewhere.
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«Now, Secret Gardens and Walton House, both in Redland, and Little River Studios are very popular,» Muñoz said. At Secret Gardens of Miami (14450 SW 248th St., Homestead / secretgardensmiami.com), the ponds with fish are very popular and they even bring animals like tigers and snakes for the shoots. The teens take photos in canoes wearing fancy dresses, not their
years educating children
gowns. And at Walton House (28501 SW 187th Ave., Homestead / waltonhousemiami.com), there’s plenty of greenery, a pool, birds and even a horse. Little River Studios (300 NE 71st St., Miami / littleriverstudios.com) has a small movie screen setup including a greenhouse with antique cars that many choose for their shoots.
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Published on Nov 28, 2017
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